Press Esc to close
Sunday 30 April 2017
News updated at 2:51 AM IST

Kerala named among top 10 tourist destinations in world

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 9, 2013 Agencies: 11:35 IST
Kerala named among top 10 tourist destinations in world

Travel guides publisher “Lonely Planet” has named Kerala among the world’s 10 best destinations for taking the family on a holiday in 2014.

The Lonely Planet’s award for the best family destination was bestowed on Kerala known as “God’s Own Country” at the World Travel Mart in London, the world’s leading travel trade event attended by industry representatives from across the globe, a statement issued here said on Friday.


The World Travel Mart, which began on November 4, concluded recently.
Kerala joined the likes of New York City, Denmark, Prague, Iceland, Italy and Hawaii in being described by the travel expert as a child-friendly destination ideal for the family.

“The intensity of travel in India could put you off taking a trip here with family, but Kerala is a family-friendly version, more laid back than other regions, greener, slower paced. There are also lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm fringed beaches and boat trips along the lush canals of the backwaters,” it said.

Kerala Tourism director S Harikishore, who led the state delegation to the World Travel Mart, received the award from “Lonely Planet.”

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes was among the thousands who visited the Kerala pavilion at the World Travel Mart. The pavilion showcased Kerala as the home of Ayurveda. Rhodes, who retired from international cricket in 2003, is a brand ambassador for South African Tourism.


“With the British economy registering the fastest growth in the last three years in the previous quarter, the mood at the World Travel Mart hosted by London was upbeat,” said Harikishore.

Britain is the most important market for Kerala. The state recorded nearly 1.5 lakh tourist arrivals last year.

“The World Travel Mart presented us with a significant opportunity to target higher growth figures for Kerala tourism as far as foreign tourist arrivals are concerned,” he added.

The Kerala delegation included 12 co-exhibitors representing the hospitality industry of the state.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
My Take: Can you count colours? Photo by Nalini R Magal from Hassan...

My Take: Can you count colours? Photo by Nalini R Magal from Hassan...

My Take: Happiness as a warm puppy. Photo by Varsha Chalageri from Dharwad...

My Take: Happiness as a warm puppy. Photo by Varsha Chalageri from Dharwad...

My Take: Pretty posers. Photo by Siddhi Doddanavar, from Belgaum...

My Take: Pretty posers. Photo by Siddhi Doddanavar, from Belgaum...

My Take: You mean, I wont grow up to be a tiger? Photo by Praveenkumar P K from Dharwad

My Take: You mean, I wont grow up to be a tiger? Photo by Praveenkumar P K from Dharwad

The good side vs the bad side. Photo by Gayatri Venkatesh from Bengaluru...

The good side vs the bad side. Photo by Gayatri Venkatesh from Bengaluru...

Border Security Force (BSF) personals handing over a 15 years old Pakistani national Razak...

Border Security Force (BSF) personals handing over a 15 years old Pakistani national Razak...

Basaveshwara statue is decorated on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi and Akshaya Tritiya....

Basaveshwara statue is decorated on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi and Akshaya Tritiya....

A Japanese Hitoshi Takahashi biker performs stunt during Yamaha FMX stunt show in Kochi, Kerala...

A Japanese Hitoshi Takahashi biker performs stunt during Yamaha FMX stunt show in Kochi, Kerala...

People use umbrella to protect from rain at at MG Road and Kasturba Road junction in Bengaluru...

People use umbrella to protect from rain at at MG Road and Kasturba Road junction in Bengaluru...

A lion beats the heat by relaxing under a tree at Dr Shivaram Karnath Biological Park...

A lion beats the heat by relaxing under a tree at Dr Shivaram Karnath Biological Park...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.